Panthers hold off defending 2A champs

North Carroll 2 Liberty 1

Boys soccer

September 20, 2006|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Denny Snyder couldn't recall the last time his North Carroll boys soccer team upended perennial Carroll County power Liberty.

With a 2-1 win over the defending Class 2A champions last night, however, his Panthers succeeded in etching a memory that Snyder won't soon forget.

Trailing by a goal early, North Carroll held the host Lions scoreless for the final 75:38, riding first-half goals by Tim Wineke and Jacob Stocksdale to a key road win.

"I give my kids a lot of credit for us to create the scoring opportunities that we did ... and just come back and find a way to win this game," Snyder said. "This is really a huge win for our program."

The game featured the red-card ejections of Liberty coach Ed DeVincent, his first this decade, and North Carroll forward Erik Adami. Both will be prohibited from participating in their teams' next games.

North Carroll (4-0 overall, 3-0 county) plays Friday at Tuscarora, and Liberty (3-2, 0-2) hosts Walkersville on Tuesday.

While Adami's card came on a late-game collision with Liberty goalie Spencer Posey, DeVincent's -- late in the first half -- was borne more out of frustration. His Lions, playing their second game in as many nights, did plenty right, outshooting North Carroll 11-4, but their inability to put those shots away made the difference.

Liberty took a 1-0 lead 4:22 into the game, when the ball squirted through North Carroll's defense to forward Conor Rigby, who dribbled in and scored into an empty net.

North Carroll pulled even on a penalty kick by Wineke after a trip in the box midway through the half, then took a 2-1 lead 9:43 before halftime when midfielder Justin Carver won the ball deep in Liberty's end and one-touched it to Stocksdale, who popped it over Posey's head.

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